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  • AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile and Become the Largest US Wireless Provider


    In a surprise announcement that has rocked the mobile world Sunday, AT&T has announced what's being called a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock combo. With this transaction, the wireless giant says in a formal statement heralding the buy, "AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns."

    If the deal is ultimately given the green light via regulatory approval, AT&T will effectively become the largest wireless provider in the US. The move comes as a major blow to Verizon as the carriers (both of which now boast the iPhone) duke it out to an entirely new degree for mobile supremacy. By bringing T-Mobile customers into the fold at AT&T, the carrier is poised to potentially regain some of the mobile mojo it lost to Verizon earlier this year.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

    To read the official announcement from AT&T, click here.

    Source: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile and Become the Largest US Wireless Provider started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 306 Comments
    1. Reg1120's Avatar
      Reg1120 -
      @ cool guy..What u mean by that
    1. bleuzz's Avatar
      bleuzz -
      Quote Originally Posted by reddawg View Post
      This is very disturbing for T-Mobile customers. I choose T-Mobile because I didn't want to pay the exorbitant fees for talk, text and data that AT&T and Verizon charge.
      Before all of you T-mobile subscribers go and slit your wrists, calm down and take a deep breath. Ultimately, if you stay with AT&T after the merger is complete youíre likely going pay more. However, the quality of your service is going to increase as well and youíre going the have access to the largest variety of phones in the country (at least until LTE is ubiquitous between AT&T and Verizon in a few years).

      If T-mobile was so great, why have they always had just a third of the number of subscribers of AT&T, even before there was any such thing as an iPhone?

      But more importantly, if T-mobile was so great, why did they literally just get owned by AT&T? Apparently, charging a nickel a month for unlimited everything plans is a dumb business model that doesnít yield enough revenue to actually build some more towers to get the same quality of service as the big boys. Itís the network stupid. People vote with their wallets by buying service that actually works. Thatís why the number of T-mobile and Sprint subscribers pale in comparison to AT&T and Verizon.
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mm8 View Post
      one more thing....just last week att announced is going to send you an email if you are tethering and automatically add $20 to your bill...i highly doubt they will let tmobile unlimited data plans grandfather...
      As with EVERY merger that has EVER happened in the wireless industry you will be grandfathered in. You will be able to keep the plan you are on until YOU decide to change it. you will be able to get a new phone, sign a new contract, and you won't have to change your plan. AT&T has grandfathered everyone from AT&T wireless to Cingular to at&t. Even the iPad unlimited plan is still available.

      Quote Originally Posted by esizzle777 View Post
      Hope this means free mobile to mobile with tmobile customers, I left tmobile for att and couldn't be happier but the rest of my fam stayed with tmobile.
      Do you know at&t offers the unlimited mobile to any mobile if you have unlimited messaging.
    1. MoDaLoT's Avatar
      MoDaLoT -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      I guess now no iphone 4 unlock will be needed by the Dev-team.
      Lol, I love this I pay $119 for my T-mobile services and I was leaving t-mobile for AT&T soon the iPhone 5 comes out. I can't not wait I'm for it
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      AWW YEAH....Just means that NOW..At&t will HAVE THE LARGEST 4G in the US, Period.BUT..that also means that more phone choices for T-Mobile customers including the Beloved iPhone.
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      AWW YEAH....Just means that NOW..At&t will HAVE THE LARGEST 4G in the US, Period.BUT..that also means that more phone choices for T-Mobile customers including the Beloved iPhone.
      Actually T-mobile wont be getting the iphone (for now)

      T-Mobile answers its customers' most Frequently Asked Question: no iPhone -- Engadget
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Does that mean we will soon see a UMA iPhone??????
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Ok, so apparently, this still requires approval from regulatory agencies....what i want to know is what agencies are these and who do I contact to let them know that I am against this merger. It is nothing but a BAD idea for consumers. (As the past cell phone mergers have been SBC -> Cingulair -> AT&T, Nextel-> Sprint. Each time the costs went up and the customer service went down. While they didn't force you to change plans, they made the phones on older plans not work well and when you gave in and went to upgrade, they made you switch plans).
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I am excited about the news.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      ^reply to cmwady77 --- actually when you compare the plans min and such the price fell. But... Doesn't meant the price will fall now. The FCC and gov body for anti trust. However with 43% of the market expected after the merger the anti trust doesn't have a leg not even for p-lells. We will see. ATT went thru a dissband from the FCC in the 90s which devided them up into 7 sectors to comply with the anti trust law as well as others. The result was.... No corner mkt. The increased prices then for home and calling cards. Let's hope they learned a lesson or two.
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I am excited about the news.
      So. Am. I.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      woot my 2 fav cell company AT&T-mobile..i dont like Verizon/sprint/cricket/grasshopper/ladybug
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      AT&T has identical prices across the board other than data prices which are better with Verizon if you are a high data consumer and better with AT&T if you are a low data consumer.
      Something has to be cheaper because with identical features I'm paying $15 less per month than I was on Verizon. Maybe AT&T charges less fees or Verizon just changed their prices because this was as of the end of February.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      This is great news, Really Really Great News.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      A lot of misplaced logic here.

      Anybody remember the AT&T/Cingular deal?

      Basically, Cingular was awesome, and AT&T sucked. The combination of subscribers and towers equaled a mkting promo to get more subscribers, and it sure did. Too many. So AT&T's service began to suck.

      T-mo is in the same position Cingular was, except it has crappier avg srvc. Unified, this means tons more subscribers, not as many more towers, and probably another mkting field day = much much crappier srvc.

      Overall, it looks pretty. But history is dictating otherwise. Sure hope AT&T is able to pull this one off better than the Cingular merger.
    1. thegoldenhand's Avatar
      thegoldenhand -
      Does this acquisition include the hot chic from the T-Mo commercial? :P
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Shocking, but this will be great for existing ATT customers.
      We inherit their towers and improve our service quality, right?
    1. rednite's Avatar
      rednite -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I'm furious...unlimited internet for $5 a month, free tethering, world-class customer service...all gone
      After reading several comments, what most are saying is that everything will be like Being with AT&T. There are several negotiating contracts that will bring T-Mobile ethics to AT&T. A positive note is that T-Mobile atmosphere will bring better customer service to AT&T.it is a joint contract not a buy out.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I'm furious...unlimited internet for $5 a month, free tethering, world-class customer service...all gone
      Oh boohoo! You people act like they were advertising $5 Internet for smartphones. T-Mobile is lame, their "4G" is about as real as the loch ness monster and their customers are cheapskates! Also, look in your contract, tethering is not free; you are just doing it anyway.

      Sadly, this will not stop people from taking iPhone 3G and 3GS to T-Mo for all the EDGE they can stand! Ha!
    1. ("\(.:...:.)/")~RaWr's Avatar
      ("\(.:...:.)/")~RaWr -
      Holy Cellphones !

      WTF is happening to America ?
      Personally, I can live with bad customer service. All you have to do is know that they are asses and that you will achieve more by looking online than by calling att.
      However my unlimited internet, even if it is EDGE, manages to let me listen to internet radio however long I want without having the cellphone company poking their noses in business that isn't theirs. (Hint to att, FINE, charge your customers out the rear for service. But just give the option to an unlimited plan, take the money and don't give a shhh what they do with what they paid for.)

      Sigh. Whoever thinks this is good is on att (since their service is crap and this would apparently give them all the goodness of T-Mobile. If not then att wouldn't be interested in buying it). Sure, T-Mobile will get better network reception ... but at such an extreme cost? I'd rather keep hanging upside down on the balcony to get signal.

      I for one am keeping my custom T-Mobile logo on my phone. REFUSE to have att ****** letters ANYWHERE on my screen.